Fiscal 1998 Adult Education & Literacy
39.4% (4,694) recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) experienced increased earnings enough to reduce or cancel their monthly grants, amounting to welfare savings of $14.6 million.
The Illinois General Assembly appropriated an additional $6 million for performance-based funding. The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) responded by developing student-focused outcomes and awarded funds accordingly.
Distributed first local performance results based on data from the Illinois Common Performance Management System.
Participated in development of Crossroads Café II, a distance learning project for non-native English-speaking adults.
Redesigned the adult education information system and integrated it into every local adult education program.
Implemented system to appropriately assess and accommodate adults with special learning needs/learning disabilities.
Completed 10-year vision for adult education and literacy with other state/local partners
Integrating technology into the delivery system to address the unmet demand for services.
Developing basic education competencies and strategies for assessing students and certifying their competencies.
Developing strategies with the Department of Commerce and Community Affairs and the Department of Employment Security to implement the Federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998.
Developing a plan with the Governor to distribute state incentive awards generated by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998.
Developing strategies for effective utilization of the state public assistance appropriation that assists state welfare reform efforts.
Students Served by Category of Instruction
English as a Second Language (ESL) 52,354 learners
Adult Basic Education (ABE) 23,557 learners
General Educational Development(GED) 17,124 learners
High School Credit learners included with GED
Vocational Training learners included with ABE/ASE
Total Students Served (Unduplicated) 93, 035
Report to Governor & General Assembly
Units of Instruction Provided:
Adult Basic Education: 255,237 units
Adult Secondary Education 93,229 units
High School Completion 42,165 units
English As A Second Language 296,144 units
Vocational Training 24,701 units
Total Units of Instruction 711,476 units
State Reimbursement Rates:
Adult Basic Education $51.80 per unit
Adult Secondary Education $46.62 per unit
Vocational Skills Training $64.75 per unit
Section 10-22.20 of the Illinois School Code requires that community colleges deduct the state funding for ABE/ASE received through the ICCB. That rate in FY98 was $14.19.
Allocation of Funds by Source:
State General Revenue Fund (GRF) $14,937,100
Public Assistance GRF $10,068,017
Criteria for Program Approval:
A team of staff members from the ISBE, the ICCB and the Department of Human Services evaluates each application. Approval is based on the following criteria:
Of those, 79% remained employed at one year
Of those, 65% remained employed at two years